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Learn more about the GSL trips

Conestoga Students Inc. offers two Global Service Leadership (GSL) trips each year. The GSL trips are opportunities for students to volunteer in a community abroad, experience a new culture, travel, and connect with others. Students will learn about their destination, receive fundraising support, and bond with their peers prior to departure. Students may only apply for one GSL trip. The GSL trips are fully planned and booked by Conestoga Students Inc.

What’s Included What’s Not Included
Most meals Meals while in transit & lunch on the first Sunday
IVHQ registration & program fees Vaccinations
Airfare Visas (if required)
Travel insurance Police criminal record check
Accommodations Work gloves & safety glasses
Airport transfers Water purification tablets/drops/bottles
Private ground transportation Personal expenses, which may include: luggage, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
Excursions/cultural activities (4)

To help students offset the cost of the trip, the Leadership Development Coordinator provides fundraising support. The Winter and Spring GSL groups will fundraise separately. Each student will be assigned to a team and their team will conduct a fundraiser prior to the trip. Participation is mandatory as the funds raised are distributed evenly among the teams before their respective trips. Resources for personal fundraising are also provided.

Program benefits:

  • Develop skills including teamwork, communication, fundraising, and more
  • Meet new people and form friendships
  • Unique volunteer, travel, and cultural immersion experience
  • Actively engage in a volunteer project contributing to community development
  • Complimentary tickets to the CSI Leadership Conferences
  • Receive credit on the Co-Curricular Record

Important pre-departure dates:

A full list of dates and times for meetings and team bonding activities will be provided at the first meeting, and is dependent on students’ schedules. Attendance at all meetings and GSL-related events is mandatory.

Date: Meeting/Action Item:
Friday September 28, 2018 at 12:00pm Application Deadline
Wednesday October 10, 2018 at 6:00pm Winter GSL: First Meeting
Saturday October 13, 2018 CSI Fall Leadership Conference
Wednesday October 17, 2018 Submit $1,000 non-refundable deposit & passport photocopy
Tuesday October 30, 2018 at 6:00pm Spring GSL: First Meeting
Wednesday November 21, 2018 Criminal Record Check due
Wednesday January 9, 2019 Remaining trip balance must be paid in full
Saturday January 26, 2019 CSI Winter Leadership Conference

Dates and times are subject to change.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time, fee paying student at Conestoga College (any campus, but must be able to attend meetings at Doon) for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters
  • In good academic standing
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months from return date)
  • Commitment to attend and participate in pre-departure events including meetings, fundraising efforts, and team bonding activities
  • Genuine interest in global issues and the betterment of global communities
  • In good health and physically prepared to do manual labour for 3-4 hours a day
  • Able and willing to do various tasks depending on the project’s needs
  • Attend a GSL Information Session

For more information:

Nicole Amorim
Leadership Development Coordinator
519-748-5131 x3598
Room 2A100, Doon